Criminal Law

Being charged with a criminal offence will always be daunting. Ensuring you access the right legal advice and support can be crucial at every stage of the process, with the wrong decisions having the potential to lead to devastating consequences.

Hall Payne can support you in all areas of criminal law, and have a focus on matters that intersect with the workplace, including:

• serious criminal matters, both before and after charges
• attending formal interviews
• defending proceedings in all courts
• defending charges bought by government agencies
• coronial matters
• bail matters

Hall Payne also have experience assisting in crisis management with a connection to criminal law, such as deaths in workplace, assistance to those involved as witnesses and the protection of rights.

If you require advice in relation to a criminal matter we encourage you to seek advice as soon as possible to set out the best path forward.

Common Questions

The police want to speak with me about a possible offence, what do I do?

If you’re asked to provide information about an offence, you should seek legal advice immediately. You can do this by telling police that you’d like the opportunity to speak to a lawyer before saying anything.

Apart from being obliged to tell police your name, address and, in certain circumstances, your date of birth, you don’t have to tell them anything. If you find yourself in a position where police are asking you for information, remember this and seek legal advice before saying anything more.

I've been asked to come down to the police station - do I have to?

If you’ve been asked to go to the police station, you have no obligation to go. The only way you can be made to go to a police station is if you’re under arrest.

Will having a lawyer make a difference to my case?

The Australian legal system is complex, and especially the area of criminal law. What’s more, once a decision is finalise in court, it is binding.

If you’re charged with an offence the ramifications may be both serious and ongoing, and can touch every part of your life. Independent legal advice and representation can help guide you through this process to make sure your interests are properly represented and that you obtain the best results possible.

We strongly recommend getting legal representation, no matter what stage your matter is at.

When should I get legal advice?

You should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. If police are speaking to you about a possible offence, everything you say from that point forward may be used against you throughout proceedings. Legal advice will help guide you through this process and ensure that you’re making the right decisions to protect your interests.

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